The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each continent and climbing them has been the dream of many adventurers. Dick Bass was the first to complete the Seven Summits on April 30, 1985. This amazing accomplishment has also be completed by Reinhold Messner, one of the most legendary mountaineers, as well as Rob Hall, who became more famous after the climbing disaster of 1996 on Mt. Everest. To date only 231 people in HISTORY have completed the Seven Summit list that I am attempting.
Although there are varying definitions of what constitutes the highest peak on all seven continents, I have chosen to attempt what's know as the Messner list. The peaks included are: Kilimanjaro (Africa), Aconcagua (South America), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Denali (North America), Carstensz Pyramid/Puncak Jaya (Australasia), Mt. Vinson(Antarctica), and Mt. Everest (Asia). As of March 2015, I have summited five of the Seven Summits with only Mt. Vinson and Mt. Everest remaining.
Completing the Seven Summits is already an overwhelming endeavor, now imagine accomplishing this with a bleed disorder. I will have to overcome the physical challenges of training and the immensely difficult task of summiting these peaks, but also breaking the stereotypes of my condition. Not only have I overcome IV infusions in freezing temperatures at tens of thousands of feet, but I also need to be able to convince people that I can accomplish this task safely and without putting others at risk. I am excited to take on this task and educate others on hemophilia and overcome my own personal obstacles in the process!